Al-Maqasid: Introduction to Worship (Shafi’i) – Part 2

Continue a reading into Imam Nawawi’s Al-Maqasid to understand the rulings related to Zakat, Fasting, Hajj and Sufism. Develop an appreciation for the intricacy of the science of Islamic law as recorded by the imams of the Shafi’i school.

Introduction to Islamic Worship Shafii -2


  • Develop a strong understanding of the important details of Zakat, Fasting, and Hajj according to the Shafi’i school
  • Finish off the course with a look at Sufism in Islam, the rules of the Sufi way and curing the ego
  • Benefit from Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller’s critically praised translation of Imam Nawawi’s most accessible work, al-Maqasid
  • Learn how to deal with common matters and situations that affect your worship
  • Part 1 is not a required prerequisite for Part 2

About the Course

This course on intermediate Shafi’i fiqh will use Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller’s  translation of Imam Nawawi’s Al-Maqasid to give you a solid grounding in the basics of Islamic belief and a thorough understanding of the rulings of purification and prayer. The course will unpack the words of Imam Nawawi, explaining his intent and adding important details from classical works such as Bushra al-Karim and the Hashiya of Imam Bajuri. By the end of the course, you will develop an appreciation for the intricacy of the science of Islamic law (fiqh) as recorded by the imams of the Shafi’i school.

Course Syllabus

  • Week 1: Zakat (Part 1) Types of zakat and conditions for obligation; Zakat on livestock
  • Week 2: Zakat (Part 2) Zakat on shared property; Zakat on gold, silver, and other money; Zakat on crops
  • Week 3: Zakat (Part 3) Zakat on trade goods; Zakat of Eid al-Fitr
  • Week 4: Zakat (Part 4) Zakat recipients and paying zakat; Conditions for the obligation of fasting
  • Week 5: Fasting (Part 1) Integrals of fasting; Sunnas of fasting
  • Mid-term Assignment
  • Week 6: Fasting (Part 2) Making up missed fasts and minor expiations; Vitiating the fast by sexual intercourse
  • Week 7: Fasting (Part 3) Days unlawful to fast; Spiritual retreat
  • Week 8: Hajj (Part 1) Conditions for the obligation of Hajj; Overview of Hajj and Umra
  • Week 9: Hajj (Part 2) Integrals of Hajj and Umra; Requisites of Hajj; Sunnas of Hajj
  • Week 10: Hajj (Part 3) Omitting actions of Hajj; Things unlawful in ihram; Vitiating Hajj or Umra through sexual intercourse; Expiation for hunting; Explanation of Sufism in Islam: The rules of the Sufi way; Curing the ego and reaching Allah
  • Final Assignment

Course Format

The course consists of weekly Live Sessions, pre-recorded audio lessons, self-study drills, and Mid-Term and Final Examinations. Each week students shall have to take small quizzes on the pre-recorded lessons to ensure they have understood the concepts correctly. Ustadh Mohamed will hold office hours by request from students, where they can consult with him one-on-one. Students are highly encouraged to post their questions in the Forum over the course of the week, which are answered during the Live Sessions.

Weekly Time Commitment

The course requires an estimated 1 to 1.5 hours per week outside the live session to listen to pre-recorded lectures, review the material and take notes.

Suggested Readings

The required text for the course is Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller’s  translation of Imam Nawawi’s Al-Maqasid.

Recommended resources for students are The Shorter Abridgment translated by Abu Malik al-Azhari and The Fiqh of Fasting translated by Yaqub Abdurrahman.

Recommended Background

It is recommended students have taken Essentials of Islam (LAS101: Al-Risala al Jami’ah), however this is not a required precondition to enrolling in this course. 

Part 1 of the course is not a required prerequisite to enrolling in Part 2.


Who is this course essential for?

In short, all Shafi’i Muslims. This knowledge pertaining to acts of worship is personally obligatory.

The vast majority of questions people face in the beginning stages of learning fiqh revolve around details pertaining to the validity of acts of worship, and different scenarios that may invalidate the act. This course is therefore perfect for the person who wants to gain this knowledge and put their ibada on solid ground, firmly securing the validity of their worship of Allah, Mighty and Exalted.

Who is Imam Nawawi?

The great scholar, hadith master, biographer, lexicologist, and saintly mystic Imam Nawawi is perhaps best known for his hadith books Riyadh al-Saliheen (The Gardens of the Righteous), Kitab al-Adhkar (Book of Remembrance), and his eighteen-volume Sharh Sahih Muslim (Commentary on the Sahih Muslim). But Imam Nawawi was also one of the foremost students and intellectual heirs of Imam al-Shafi’i, and his texts are referenced more often than the early works of Imam al-Shafi’i himself.

Why is Al-Maqasid a unique opportunity for beginning students of knowledge to read Imam Nawawi?

One of Imam Nawawi’s most accessible texts is Al-Maqasid: ma yajibu ma’rifatuhu min al-din (The Objectives, what is necessary to know of the religion). Filled with hundreds of rulings on some of the most commonly asked questions, this book has stood the test of time because of its utter usefulness. And the lucid translation into English by Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller has been critically appraised for its clarity, brevity, practicality, and precision. For the beginning seeker of knowledge who cannot yet access Arabic texts directly, this is a unique opportunity to study a translation of a scholar of Imam Nawawi’s status.

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About the Instructor

Farid Dingle



Course Code



Level: 1

Starting From

14 April, 2015


10 weeks

Tuition Fee

225 USD   Instant Financial Aid